Google Maps Updated With a New Feature as Ride Services Take Off Again

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Google Maps keeps getting better, and the most recent beta update introduces a new feature that certainly comes in handy during these difficult times as more people search for alternatives to public transportation.
As we reported earlier today, Google has updated both the stable and the beta versions of Google Maps, and while the company hasn’t shared any specifics on the changelog, we finally have an early look at what’s being added in the testing build.

Google Maps beta version 10.56.0 reportedly introduces better integration for ride services, and Uber is currently the first supported platform.

Most likely, the purpose here is to connect Google Maps and Uber, allowing users to book a ride without leaving the app - something that was possible before with various limitations. However, Google Maps now even tells users they can get more accurate fares if they agree to send route information to Uber, which is something that obviously makes sense given such details need to be processed anyway.

Most likely, Uber is just the first service to be added to this new section of Google Maps, and sooner and later, other companies are likely to be integrated too.

However, keep in mind this is still in beta for the time being, and no specifics have been shared as to when Google plans to release it for everybody as part of the stable version.

In the meantime, Google Maps is also expanding its non-navigation features, with the latest stable version adding an overhaul to the Explore tab, essentially transforming it into a feed similar to the one we can find on social networks.

The purpose of this feature is to make it possible for users to follow the posts of local guides while also getting more updates from the people they follow - pretty much just like Instagram or other social networks work today. The new feed is live today on both Android and iOS.
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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